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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,129
Reviews: 2,209
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 328
Gots: 368 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has notchings along the bottom that probably correspond to a brew date, but I don't know how to read them.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 of an inch of light brown, foamy head. This disipated quickly to just a thin layer of foam. The beer is almost opaque, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see a little bit of a reddish tint.

Smell: Malty, with an alcoholy sweetness. Almost a hint of raisins.

Taste: Initially, the sweetness of alcohol, followed by malt, and finished by roasted barley bitterness. A decent amount of bite from the CO2.

Mouhfeel: Average level of carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body.

Drinkability: This is a very filling beer. I imagine it has to do with the high levels of maltiness, carbonation, and alcohol. Good, but not a session beer.

beveritt, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely from a bottle with a little ram/goat/whatever on the neck.

Its appearance is a deep amber brown with a thick creamy head on top. Head disapates fast, but it does set a nice lace on the glass.

Its nose has notes of bread, sugar, and nuts. There is a hint of alcohol but it's subdued with a light note of malt.

The taste is very bready and malty with a bit of spice and hints of tobacco leaf.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a little agitation in the mouth.

This is a pretty darn good beer, one of the best of its kind.

Jaynuze, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of jletts
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish caramel with exceptional head that lasts and lasts.

S- Lots of elements come out in the smell. Strong plum, banana, slight apricot with notes of perhaps toasted almond in the end.

T- Plum, syrupy burnt caramel, yeasty with very slight notes of citrus and cocoa, buttery alcohol finish...smooth!

M- buttery and silky. Nice consistency.

D- very high, I could drink several and love it more and more.

This is my first taste of this great brew and will definately review again. I will need a few tastes to even begin to comprehend the complex flavors in this beer.

jletts, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

BlackJeremiah, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of swhitt
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey!

swhitt, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle accompanied by that plastic goat. The color is deep brown, with some amber undertones at the bottom and edges. The fluffy, big-bubbled head shows solid retention, leaving some moderate lacing.

The nose if packed with grain, especially malt and oats, and a little sweeter, almost corn characteristic. The flavor consists of carmel malt along with roasted oats and barley, a little alcohol and molassas at the end.

The mouth is full-bodied and quite complex, going from lighter to toaster, then syrupy notes. It's quite a mouthful. It is also well rounded, making for a high drinkability. The beer is worth the price--the gimmicky plastic goat is just a bonus.

Osiris9588, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator pours a deep and dark reddish-brown. A creamy tan head forms; not much lace on the glass.
The aroma is dominated by big, sweet malts. Full of sweet plums, raisins, and caramel. There's a hint of alcohol in the background.
This is one rich and full-flavored beer. Molasses and dark fruit are the forerunners; toffee, breadiness, and alcohol follow. It becomes more complex as it warms. It's thick and filling.
For a big, malty doppelbock, this is very easy to drink. It's always fun drinking a beer of this quality.
Bottom line: Celebrator is an exceptional beer. Tops the night off as good as any.

wolffman17, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a small tan head that recedes to the side of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich and caramel malty with the scent of sweet molasses and a lightly toasted nuttiness. There are also some light bready and fruity smells dancing about. Smells perfect.

Tastes just like it smells. Amazingly complex blend of rich caramel maltiness with a hint of sweet molasses. Woven in are a delicious toasted nutty flavor and mild bready and fruity flavors.

Meduim body, light carbonation.

This is a truly amazing beer. Extremely savory and insanely drinkable. You will never find a better dopplebock nor will you find many better beers - period.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that gives way to lovely hazy clouds hovering above a perfect black violet mid-summer afternoon. Yeeah.

Smell: Goddamned outstanding. Like dark chocolate & Bailey's Irish Cream.

Taste: Just perfect. I mean, my goodness. What the hell is going on here? There is nothing remotely critique-able about this beer. Not terribly complex, if that's a problem for you. Just very malty & dark chocolate-molassessy with a nice spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Like a Norman Rockwell painting in your mouth. Makes ya feel all warm & fuzzy. Like freakin' Christmas.

Drinkability: Oh, I'm celabratin' alright. This is goddam awesome. I'm reinvigorated about German brews.

jeffjfindley, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark redish brown with an big off white head. Cascading effect from an aggresive pour. This is a fine looking beer.

S- some heavy malts and some alcohol, a very nice preview of what is to come.

T- malts with some sweetness followed by the hit of alcohol.

M- nice carbination some thickness to this doublebock

D- not quite as refreshing as othersin this style, but still a beer that will get better as the days get colder.

Not my favorite doublebock, but a very good offering nonetheless.

mcarroll10177, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle. It has a little plastic goat on a string around the neck.

A- Pours a deep dark brown. The head is big, rocky and foamy.

S- Caramel, hazelnut, malty.

T- Smooth, sweet, buttery, malty. A little hoppy in the middle/end but thicker at the ending.

M- heavy, buttery, rich and tasty.

D- Great fall beer. Bring on the snow, I got a doppelbock.

Rudgers73, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a great bar called Crane Alley in downtown Urbana IL. The bottle has a cool goat pendant hanging from around the neck of the bottle, and this was served in a Celebrator pint glass...nice touch.

This dark brown / almost black brew has a minimal 1/2 finger head that went away pretty quickly. I smelled predominately vanilla, caramel, chocolate, hints of soy sauce and powdered sugar.

Sweet and smooth milk chocolate malts all over the place. Rich, medium bodied and milky in texture, this is an excellent beer! I like the supermalty smooth character of this one. Defnintley the best dopplebock I've had so far (although I really haven't had that many...I do like the style and will seek out others).

pmcadamis, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very rich brown with a rich creamy head that retains for quite a while, hangs on side of glass beatiffuly

S- rich malty sweetness, has hints of caramel, and a little bit of bannana-hef type smell

T- almost overwhelming taste of deep and rich malted sweetness, bannana taste is there but not as present like in smell

M- thick, but also very smooth, low-moderate carbonation

D- very drinkable, goes down very smooth with a sweet finish, could drink quite a few more of these, a great beer definitely a must try for you malt lovers will definitely buy again, bring on the oom-pah music

gonzo138, Sep 28, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, about 1 year old. Clear, dark brown in color, with ruby highlights around edges. Large light brown head. Aroma was caramel and molasses, dark fruits, bread, roasted malt. No hops came out in the aroma, and there was a faint scent of alcohol. Taste was sweet, almost port-like, but not as strong in the grape/raisin flavor. Dark cherry bitterness in the aftertaste and a coffee flavor kept the overall sweetness in balance. Hops still AWOL. Body was medium plus, carbonation was medium and led to a pleasantly creamy brew. Alcohol warming kicks in about 1/4 of the way through the beer. This was quite good, and much sweeter than I remember it from a year ago, but with enough bitterness to balance. A lager barleywine?

, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of AudioGilz
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours to a substantially dark brown color; about as close to black without actually being black, yet you can still see through it when held up to light. There is not much of a head to type of.
The aromas are pungent and can be picked up by my weak nose almost a foot away, which is quite rare. Coffee and cocoa make themselves well prevalent in my nostrils, to the tune of strong malt character translation into flavors on the palate; well above average.
I notice dark fruits in the mix, along with a bit of chocolate and alcohol warmth. These qualities are meshed together with a slightly creamy molasses character, and just enough hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. There is quite a sweet aftertaste worth noting, definitely not a dry finish, but instead lots of residual sweetness that is most pleasant.
Overall, it's not knocking my socks off, which makes me really want to try this beer on draft to really see what it can do for me.

AudioGilz, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of RobertDwight
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of having this lovely brew on tap after the wonderful tour at the Ayinger brewery. It pours a luscious looking dark brown/reddish color, with a lovely head that dissipates and doesn't lace. It has smells and tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, roasted barley, figs, dates, and roasted nuts. It has a heavy mouthfeel which is kind of sryupy. Drinkability is pretty good, but it is kind of heavy so i wouldnt want to many of these in a session. Overall this beer is gorgeous and I will buy it again and again!

RobertDwight, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear dark mahogony with a medium tan foamy head. The smell is a smoked wood with dark fruit,not too strong,but OK. The taste,like the smell,has dark fruit,smoked wood,vanilla, sweet malt,and maybe carmel. The m/f is medium with a nice creamy feel. All the flavors mix very, very well. An incredible beer well worth all the acolades given to it.

jmz62565, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
2.83/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's a pretty decent looking, very dark brown doppelbock, with a good centimeter of creamy head when poured from the bottle, but it dissipates to about half that over a couple minutes. Lacing is pretty good, almost leaving thin sheets of foam down the side. The nose isn't particularly special, just malt and hops, no discernable alcohol aroma. The flavor isn't anything special either. It's pretty much what you'd expect from the nose. Malt, hops, bread. The mouthfeel is nice, thicker than many beers without being syrupy. The glowing reviews surprise me as I've found this to be a rather average beer. There are other doppelbocks that are considerably better than this one.

JWFokker, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a mug.

Pours a dark brown, flirting with black. Ruby red edges along the bottom of the mug. With a mildly aggressive pour an inch thick head is formed. The head is sawdust colored, and slowly settles to a solid cap. Patchy laving all the way down the glass.

Dark malt characters can be detectd along with sweet syrupy aromas. Warm alcohol notes can be found hidden between the bitter malts and sweet smells.

Bitter roasted malts present themselves first, then followed by sweeter flavors. Mild hoppiness can be found in the back of the mouth. A little bit of alcohol can be tasted in each swig.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Somewhat of a dry bitter finish from the hops.

Not a bad beer. This one seemed to have more hops and a little less malt compared to other doppelbocks. Try this one.

BeerSox, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear ruby dark brown with a nice thick tan head.

Smell. Nice smells of prunes and heavy roasted malts- some smoked malts as well. Heavier wiffs i get some lighter creamcycle sweetness.

Taste. More tastes of smoke malts, lot more than the aroma would suggest, and more than i remember. Small amounts of dark fruits, prunes and cherries. Aftertaste is surprisingly light and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. nice amount of carbonation, body is full and creamy.

Overall an excellent beer. Honestly i remember it being a bit better, but still a fine beer. One of the best doppebocks i've had.

acrawf6, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of llitsua
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful deep mahogany, 3-finger light brown head starts to
fade when I finish pouring it, leaves a bit of lacing

S- a bit of smokiness, caramel, some woodiness

T- A lot going on here- hints of smoke, bit of hops, caramel,
molasses, dark cherries, finishes sugary- everything seems to
make it’s presence known, without one flavor dominating

M- Silky, Velvety, males your mouth water for more, More, MORE!

D- Very easy to enjoy, I could drink quite a few of these, but
unfortunately, I only have one now

The best beer I have reviewed to date- I love this!

llitsua, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red hues in it. A creamy white head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin ring of lacing around the glass.

Smells is carmel, molasses, and fruit (bananas and raisons). Alcohol and hops are also present as it warms a bit. Also a bit of chocolate is present.

Taste is very contrasting. Initially very sweet like carmel. Then there is a bitterness from the hops. A little more hopped than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice.

Drinkablility is pretty good. I could have another right now probably. Don't know if it will make a regular appearance in my stock but I will probably purchase this again.

hckyfn9999, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head, good retention with minor lacing.

Smell is sweet with strong fruit odors including banana with a touch of oak.

Taste is quite the contrast of the big sweet fruity smell. Very dark musty oaken malt with a touch of cocoa and an earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of a dry finish.

A pretty good doppel, easy to drink, will have again.

bashiba, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown , some reddish mahogany hues at the bottom. Frothy off-white/tan head of an inch.

Smell: deep, brown bready maltiness , chocolate muffin , molasses

Taste: much maltiness , brown bread , some cocoa , bit of hop bitterness , molasses , and a tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: chewy and creamy

Drinkability: This is by far the best dopplebock iv'e had so far! Very tasty and complex. Much intense flavor , yet not at all overpowering in any way.

Byeast, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely black body with about a half inch tan head. Smells mostly sweet with chocolate, caramel and just a hint of hop. Tastes chocolate, with some sourness to it. Nice and roasty. Excellent. Similar to Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, only better (and cheeper, at least to try). There’s a distinct possibility I’d get this again. It’s very good.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 05, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,129 ratings.